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What is the Boulder Public Library (BPL) Summer Reading Program?

Focused on children and teens, it’s one of the many popular programs supported by the Boulder Library Foundation (BLF). 2016 theme was “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” From May 31st to July 21st, it offered young readers ages 3-18 a chance to register and then pick up a Summer Reading Play Book, and to “track how much you read, and to receive cool prizes!” Readers in age groups (pre-readers, children, and teens) completed and documented reading in order to receive either a mid-level prize or a completion prize.

What are the results of the 2016 BPL Summer Reading Program?

3,523 children and teens registered for summer reading, an increase of 22% from 2015. Teens read over 1,100 books. Middle readers tracked nearly 1 MILLION minutes of reading. The average completion rate was 41% for children, and 32% for teens.

During the summer program, there were also events drawing the children and teens to library locations. All these events encouraged health, physical fitness, and literacy, and also emphasized goal setting, communications, and bike safety. Teens completed projects through the new BPL Makerspace, and their final summer project was The Amazing Race, a scavenger hunt that required teams of teens to visit local Boulder businesses and landmarks. In summary, the 2016 BPL Summer Reading Program was extremely popular and a huge success. The Boulder Library Foundation is proud to support and help fund the BPL Summer Reading Program. Planning is already under way for the 2017 BPL Summer Reading Program: “Building A Better World.”

One parent says “One [of my children] learned to read. Another improved her reading by two grade levels.” And another parent says “Great program that encourages children to read. I wish it went all year long